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different communication and learning styles. How do we keep from falling
into the same habits and keep what we’ve learned in use?”
and good for Sheryl for recognizing what usually happens after being training
in a new skill and wanting to proactively do something about it.
tips for making sure new habits stick after a training program:
1. Practice, practice, and more
practice. Try this:
fold your arms the way your usually do. Unfold them. Now, fold them again,
except this time, fold them the opposite of how you normally would. Feels
pretty weird, doesn’t it? You really had to think about it.
and do it again. Still weird, but a little less, right?
more times. Soon, you’ll be able to do it almost as fast, without having to
think about it.
asked you to do it again tomorrow, chances are you’d be compelled to go back to
your old way, and it would just as hard to fold them the new way.
That little exercise
illustrates how hard it is to change our “old habits”. It’s hard!
always good to build in practice time in a training program, in a safe
environment, to try out new skills. Then, you need to look for opportunities to
practice at work and home, until it starts to feel natural. It takes time and perseverance
– some say up to a year!
2. Identify the benefits of changing
(and the pitfalls).
that Development Goal Really Worth it? Taking the time to consider the
implications of changing – or not changing – will help create the internal
motivation, ownership, and commitment to change.
down. See The
Power of a Written Individual Development Plan.
4. Share your goals with others. There is power in making a “public
declaration” – it helps hold you accountable. See Individual
Development Plans (IDPs) Are Worthless….
to Make sure you Achieve your 2014 Leadership Goals. I’ve tried this and it
6. Schedule weekly, then monthly
check-ins with your team.
Share what’s working, what’s not, how to overcome barriers, etc… keep it alive –
social reinforcement is powerful!
best practices. Some
training programs make these available for post-training reinforcement, and
some offer newsletters and blogs that you can subscribe to.
8. Do refresher training, or a “level
for ways to reward effort and behavior change, and at the risk of sounding
heavy-handed, make the new skills are a performance expectation. It’s a “carrot
and stick” approach, and many would say
ineffective – but I had to include it for the Aubrey Daniels fans out there.
10. Create “job aids”. Kind of like crib sheet for your new
skills – key steps, reminders, etc… It could be 3×5 laminated cards, screen
other readers – any additional tips for making training and new skills stick?